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We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 13th November 2019

A flock of twenty Snow Bunting were at the western edge of Holme Dunes early morning with a Peregrine seen there too. Ringing today produced a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff along with a further 21 Long-tailed Tits ringed. A dozen Brambling, twenty Skylarks, two Siskin and a Bullfinch were all noted overflying the observatory area during the morning.

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Norfolk LITTLE BITTERN male still Titchwell RSPB from Fen Hide late a'noon. juv.Rough-legged Buzzard still late a'noon in dead tree from Patsy's Screen
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 1.36pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh (+35.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Titchwell RSPB flew south over freshmarsh at 3.33pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Wells still 3.30pm just north of sewage works in bush from car park +showing well
Norfolk 15.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 9.12am
Norfolk no sign of male.Little Bittern Titchwell RSPB this morning
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Ringstead by road on west side at 3.06pm then flew south
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Titchwell RSPB on sea at 1.35pm
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby in field by road late morning then flew off
Norfolk Raven still 1.39pm Horsey +Winterton in seal colony tho mobile but no sign of Hooded Crow. Purple Sand on groyne.40
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Wells still 1.34pm in bush just north of sewage works +showing well
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard just north of Saxlingham flew south over B1156 at midday
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 1pm Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh (Purple Sand still on pool)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 12.48pm TF.896.458
Norfolk Raven Horsey on beach south of Nelson's Head track at 9.30am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck juv.drk Cley NWT still on brackish pool west of north end of East Bank late morning +30.Snow Buntings
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Wells in bush just north of sewage works at 11.36am
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still 11.27am Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh +showing well (+20.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Wiveton at 11.33am
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day flew north over Roydon Common NNR at 1.26pm
Norfolk 7.Snow Buntings Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Buxton
Norfolk ISABELLINE WHEATEAR still Cley NWT east of north end of East Bank on shingle bank by Arnold's Marsh at 8.15am
Norfolk 20.Snow Buntings Holme Dunes on beach at west end